iZOMBIE is a comic book series created by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred. Published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, from July 2010 thru August 2012, ending with issue #28.
Told from a female zombie’s perspective, iZOMBIE is a smart, witty detective series with a mix of urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong.
Girls, guns or zombies? Zombie girls, ghost girls, and were-terriers!
The series is collected in 4 trade paperback volumes …
iZOMBIE: Dead to the World (2011). Cover by Michael Allred. Collects iZOMBIE #1-5 (2010) and The House of Mystery Annual #1 (2009).
Life sucks. Then you die. And then …
Gwen Dylan’s got a dead-end job and a best friend who’s barely there. The dude she hangs out with is kind of a dog, her town’s social scene sucks the life right out of you, and it seems like any time she mmets an eligible guy, his job gets in the way.
But Gwen’s not the girl she used to be.
She’s a zombie.
Her best friend Ellie is a ghost. Her buddy Scott (a.k.a. Spot) is a were-terrier. Her town’s a feeding ground for a pack of beautiful but bitchy vampires. Her new crush belongs to a centuries-old secret society of monster-hunters. And her dead-end job? Digging graves by day… and digging them up for a snack at night.
See, Gwen’s got to eat at least one brain a month or she turns into a shambling monster straight out of a midnight movie. But every brain she eats contains a lifetime of memories – and her latest meal came with a side order of unsolved murder.
Now Gwen and her friends have to find the killer before they, too, fall victim to a fate worse than un-death…
Extras include “Allred’s Secret Art Vault”.
iZOMBIE: uVAMPIRE (2011). Covers by Michael Allred. Art (issue #12) by guest artist Gilbert Hernandez. Collects iZOMBIE #6-12 (2010-11) and The House of Mystery Annual #2 (2010).
You are who you eat.
Her name is Gwen Dylan, and she’s not the girl she used to be. She’s a zombie. And just because she eats brains doesn’t mean she can’t still lose her mind.
When a wave of dead-body disappearances hits the mortuary where she usually gets the meals that keep her from becoming a brainless monster, Gwen’s memories of her old life start fading away. Fortunately, the memories she’s absorbed by eating the brain of someone she was once very close to offer tantalizing clues to the life she left behind.
But while Gwen tries to put the pieces of her past back together, her present’s growing grimmer by the day. A mad scientist with a sinister scheme has forged an alliance with a vengeful vampire. A debonair mummy is offering Gwen and her ghost friend Ellie a devil’s bargain to get their lives – er, undeaths – back on track. And a bloodsucking menace is about to take a bite out of Gwen’s monster-hunter crush.
Can Gwen solve the mystery before she goes mindless, or is she just digging her own grave?
iZOMBIE: Six Feet Under and Rising (2012). Covers by Michael Allred. Art [“Vampire Queen of the Amazon” (issue #18)] by guest artist Jay Stephens. Collects iZOMBIE #13-18 (2011).
Notes from the underground.
Gwen’s a zombie (the good kind). When she eats the brains of the bodies at the cemetery where she works, she absorbs their memories too. Solving their mysteries, righting their wrongs, and fulfilling their dying wishes are just her way of saying “thanks for dinner.” But her immortal friend Amon says that unless she starts eating the living, her life (or, y’know, whatever) is in grave danger…
Gwen’s not the only zombie in town – or under it. Deep beneath the dive bars and diners of Eugene, Oregon, sprawls an endless maze of catacombs, crawling with mindless undead hungry for human flesh. When Gwen’s ghost friend Ellie and were-terrier buddy Spot stumble into the zombie tunnels, only her monster-hunter boyfriend Horatio can help. But that risks Gwen’s cover – and it puts them all in the crosshairs of a secret government monster squad, the Dead Presidents.
iZOMBIE: Repossession (2012). Covers by Michael Allred. Art [“Take Out” (issue #20)] by guest artist J. Bone. Art [“Monsters of Rock” (issue #24)] by guest artist Jim Rugg. Collects iZOMBIE #19-28 (2011-12).
The zombie invasion of Eugene, Oregon, may be over. But for undead-and-not-loving-it Gwen – don’t worry, she’s not that kind of zombie – and her circle of supernatural friends, the battle’s just beginning.
Gwen’s gone underground, and her town has been overrun by gun-toting troops itching to put a bullet in the brain of anyone who eats brain. They’re overseen by the Dead Presidents, the ultra-secret squad of supernaturally powered superspies at war with the Gravediggers, the secret society out to destroy all supernatural life, not just the shambling-undead kind. And oh yeah, Gwen’s would-be boyfriend is one of ’em, and he just found out he’s been a dating a dead person.
But that’s not all! An immortal Egyptian is secretly plotting to sacrifice Gwen’s best friend. A spectral vigilante returns to wreak havoc. A ghost, a vampire and a Frankenteen monster are caught in a bizarre love triangle. And a monster-turned-mad-scientist and an evil brain in a jar are out to unleash an extradimensional apocalypse…
Will anyone get out of this alive? Or undead, as the case may be?
iZOMBIE, the comic book, was “loosely” adapted into a television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW. The series premiered on March 17, 2015, and is currently in its second season.
My thoughts… iZOMBIE is a witty and deliciously fun comic book series. It’s like Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo cartoon series meets Eliza Dushku’s Fox TV series Tru Calling (2003-05) with a little bit of everything for all kinds of horror fans: zombies, vampires, mummies, ghosts, were-terriers, mad scientists, disembodied brains, phantoms, Frankenstein monsters, and Lovecraftian horrors. Plus, iZOMBIE has a great female lead, a lot of drama and a little bit of romance!
I like the TV series; however, it’s only connected to the comic book by the basic concept in which the main character (Olivia “Liv” Moore played by Rose McIver) is a zombie who must eat brains periodically to stay normal and inherits memories from the brains she consumes. I’m hoping, in vain I’m sure, that a series more faithful to the comic book will be produced!
Red my original post on MHE (here).